Kalash People Warned to Left Pakistan

 Kalash warn to left the country if Govt. not provide them protection.

By : Gul Hamaad Farooqi

CHITRAL:  Elites of Kalash community belongs to Berir valley warned that they will left the country if the government not evacuated their land from Land Mafia. Talking to local journalists Mir Bacha, Wazir Azam, Baz Mir,  Zar Bibi and Shamshad Kalash told that they have ancestral land at Khair Abad heir from their forefather since centuries but an influential person Mumtaz from Muslim Community have occupied their land and settled some criminal persons from Damil in Tents at Kalash property. A family from Kalash settled in Khairabad locality near Chitral is one case in point whose members are running from pillar to post after their land was occupied by a mafia belonging to Damel. The family said one Mumtaz and his gang from Damel had occupied their land in Khairabad by opening fire and terrorizing the owners. However, the police remain silent to the illegal activity of the occupants who are sitting on the land by pitching tents openly. On Monday, women belonging to the victim family held a protest demonstration near their occupied land but even then the police did not take any action against the accused persons.

Residents of the area told this scribe  that the land belonged to the Kalsh family of Mir Bacha, Baz Mir and Wazir Azam. The family owned cattle and in the summer they usually left the area to graze their animals in pastures out of the town. In the meantime, a group of people from Damel occupied their land. The residents said arms and empty shells of bullets had been recovered from the piece of land but the police were still hesitant from taking action against the culprits and protect the property of the Kalash family. Hence Drosh police have registered a case against the culprits under section 506, 447, 34 of Pakistan Panel Code which is a simple section and boilable. It was revealed that Drosh police has sent a case to DCO for arresting these criminal persons under 3 MPO for 3 months at least but  no action has been taken on the same so far. Of late the Chitral police have made headlines not for a good work but for rounding up innocent people of Ayun, putting them behind bars under different sections of the law, even anti-terrorism  ordinance, for registering their protest against cutting of trees in their vicinity. But when it comes to protection of property, especially belonging to the poor, the police remain as callous as one can be.

The protesting women said their men had been requesting the police to register a case against the occupiers of the land  and release their land from Mafia but to no avail. They called upon the authorities concerned to take notice of the injustice being meted out to them by the land grabbers as well as the police, who seemed hand in gloves with the accused. Public circles here also said that the police should retrieve the land and hand it over to the Kalash family. When  this correspondent contacted the police and asked for the copies of any case if registered against the accused, they did not provide any evidence nor any information. Kalash people have warned that if their land was not evacuated (released) from land Mafia group they will left the country and will migrate to another country.

G.H. Farooqi C/O Manager bank Islami Main branch Chitral phone No 0943-320737, 0943-316052, 0943-414418  , 03025989602, 03337069572, 03159698446, 03469002167

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